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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-10

1:41 PM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.

GT Advanced Technologies Wants to Close Apple Sapphire Glass Factory

11:15 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.

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Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.

Apple to Live Stream Oct 16 Media Event

9:47 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.

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Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.

Withing’s Health Mate Adds HealthKit Support

8:50 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · iOS

Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.

Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

2:10 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.

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Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-09

12:57 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Confused about Apple's whole third-party password thing for iCloud? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what you need to know about iCloud's new password requirements for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, plus they take a look at Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook pushing for more Apple stock buybacks.

Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

10:20 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.

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This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.

Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement Starts Today

9:21 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.

ACM 275: Apple’s Oct 16 Media Event, GTAT, and Plastc vs Coin vs Apple Pay

9:10 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

With Apple's October 16 media event a sure thing, Jeff and Bryan have some ideas on what we can expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage next week. They also offer up their thoughts on what's up with GT Advanced Technologies's surprise bankruptcy filing, and debate whether or not Plastc's consolidated credit card device stands a chance against Apple Pay.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-08

1:10 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is hosting another media event next week on October 16, so let the announcement speculation begin. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think Apple has in store for next week (hint: get ready for a new iPad Air) and they look at some alternative ways to carry your iPhone, too.